Maher Maso says vote for Bob Allen in race for next Frisco Mayor on election day Saturday, May 6 #CollinCountyVotes

Election day is Saturday, May 6.

Bob Allen and Jeff Cheney are running for Mayor.

Current Mayor Maher Maso has worked with both Allen and Cheney over many years.

Maso says he is voting for Bob Allen in the race for Mayor in 2017.

#CollinCountyVotes

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Frisco Wakeland students pick up inside knowledge on sports as business from Frisco Mayor Maher Maso

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Frisco Mayor Maher Maso said, “Sports is a business. Sports is creating jobs here in Frisco. Athletes are a very small percentage of the jobs included with sports organizations. What you are learning in this class will help you be able to come back here after college and find a job.”

Maso’s remarks came in a Frisco ISD Wakeland High School sports marketing class on Guest Speakers Day recently.

Guest speakers also included attorney John R. Sigety of Hiersche, Hayward, Drakely and Urbach, P.C., Rush Olson of Rush Olson Creative and Sports and Gina Miller, vice president of media and communications for FC Dallas.

Maso spoke to students about the importance of partnerships between private companies and public entities such as the City of Frisco and Frisco ISD. Maso explained how the community of Frisco has become one of the best places in the nation to raise an athlete. There are more opportunities than ever for kids to get involved in sports in Frisco, and these private/public partnerships have become the cornerstone for all these opportunities.

Maso specifically pointed out how the partnership between Frisco ISD and FC Dallas has become a model for others to follow.

“The partnership between the Hunt family, Frisco ISD and the City of Frisco became the model and really put us on the map for public/private partnerships,” said Maso. “Others come here to talk to us about our model and learn from all that we have established here.”

Maso explained that the subsequent partnership between Frisco ISD, the City of Frisco and the Dallas Cowboys has brought more opportunities than ever for students in Frisco with the building of the Ford Center.

“The Ford Center to me is more an education facility than a sports facility,” Maso said. “There is audio/video production, sports rehabilitation, hospitality, marketing, all for use by FISD students.”

Maso told the class about some of the sports technology and innovation that is finding a home in Frisco.

“Frisco will soon become the number one sports innovation and technology destination in the country,” Maso said. “There is already a huge sports medicine research presence here in Frisco with all the Baylor, Scott and White facilities, Scottish Rite and even NFL concussion research.”

Thank a Veteran

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Fun times at the Turkish Cafe … Celebrating our Veterans and their selfless service to America, and the freedoms we enjoy every day. Thank you, to all who have served in our Armed Forces! A portion of the proceeds tonight will benefit the America’s Defenders Foundation. If you love your liberty, thank a VETERAN! SUSAN HAYES FLETCHER

Pictured: Cindy Maso, Maher Maso, Raed Maso, Susan Fletcher, Brian Fletcher and Mehmet Shon Celik – Photo courtesy fans of Turkish Cafe and Lounge.

Frisco TX Chamber Open and Uncensored Legislative Luncheon Oct. 19

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Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco Hotel, Conference Center & Spa
7600 John Q. Hammons Drive, Frisco, TX 75034

Make time for the luncheon on

Open and Uncensored: A Real Discussion of Legislative Issues Impacting Frisco

 and the North Texas Region

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Embassy Suites Frisco

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Presented by:

FRISCO CHAMBER: “In January 2017, the Texas Legislature will begin its 85th Session.  In our fast growing region, we are seeing the tension of the push and pull of our state and municipal governing bodies on issues that will impact not only Frisco, but the surrounding communities.  The Frisco Chamber of Commerce is hosting a panel discussion of these issues at our October 19, 2016 Legislative Luncheon.  Panelists will include members of our State Legislature and our local Frisco City leaders, as well as representatives of the Texas Association of Business and the Texas Municipal League.  We promise to ask questions and probe beyond the typical political sound bites on the issues that matter the most to Frisco and to the business community.  This is a luncheon you won’t want to miss between our policy-makers and our policy-shakers.”

Moderator:

Julie Fine, NBC 5

Click HERE for bio.

Panelists Include:

Rep. Pat Fallon

Rep. Jeff Leach

Rep. Matt Shaheen

Rep. Ron Simmons

Mayor Maher Maso

Chris Wallace, Texas Association of Business

Bennet Sandlin, Texas Municipal League

What’s happening in Collin County?

By Brian Bearden

Name that star: Who had six touchdowns? Who had 484 yards? Who has yet to pick his college? Who has an awesome line? Plano West’s Soso Jamabo scores six touchdowns and rushed for 484 yards against Sachse … Allen’s Kyler Murray scored five TDs … Murray passed for 381 yards and ran for 183 yards against Dutch Fork, S.C. … McKinney Boyd’s Dedrick Scrivens topped the school record for yards rushing in a game with 371 yards vs. Coppell.

Looking for fun things to do this weekend: Start by hopping over to Collin County Animal Services to adopt a pet this weekend. The shelter is having a Birthday “Pawty.”

Farmersville will honor First Responders with Public Safety Sunday at First United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. … Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano is having a successful fish fry during “Fish Tales.” …

Coffee: Mark your calendar for coffee with Mayor Maher Maso at Frisco City Hall on the fifth floor … 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday.

The Plano Bridal Show at the Plano Centre is a busy place thanks to  Bridal Shows Inc. Be there from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. Brides can speak with more than 110 wedding businesses to help plan the perfect wedding. As you know, Plano Centre is making changes under new general manager Mark Jarrell.

Arts: The Frisco Association for the Arts is offering Sculptechular at Frisco Discovery Center at 8004 North Dallas Parkway. http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/events/sculptechular-2014/http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/events/sculptechular-2014/

Update: Congrats to Gregory Beck, Kyle Mitchell and Jason Mellard for taking first through third at Sculptechular on Sunday.

Dining: Try the Grilled Swordfish, Fava Bean Risotto, Sautéed Yellow Wax Beans, Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce at Jasper’s at The Shops at Legacy in Plano. … When at Gentle Creek Golf Club in Prosper, try the pan-seared red fish or the sea bass.

Ladies! The Frisco Chamber of Commerce WEB-Women Enhancing Business (Frisco) September Networking/Mixer sponsored by Functional Health Centers will be Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Chamber Event Room. What you get: Free chair massages, door prizes, networking with successful like-minded women, and connecting with new clients and service providers. … Sci-Tech will have football starting Sept. 12 in Frisco. …

Speaking of football players Scott Turner contributes this quote of the week from Dr. Seuss: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Ringo’s Pub in Plano popped out the chicken-fried bacon for football watching this weekend.

Roads: Ann Lieber sounds off – “The Regional Transportation Council proposing 28 million spent on bike lanes in the region all while the Metroplex is being choked with gridlock and officials telling you toll taxes are the only way out of congestion and funding problems. Please attend a transportation meeting at Monday, September 8th @ 6:30pm, Pharr Library in Plano, Texas, to make your voice heard!” Location: 6200 Windhaven at Communications in West Plano.

Free concert: The Eric Gales Band and Andy Timmons will be playing at the Guitar Sanctuary at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 in McKinney. The Guitar Sanctuary will be offering 10 tables with seating for four (4) for purchase at $80 per table. See the staff in the store at Adriatica to purchase a table at 6633 Virginia Parkway. The concert will be presented by Two-Rock Guitar Amplification, Xotic/EMS guitar Effects, and The Guitar Sanctuary. … David Grissom, The Maylee Thomas Band and Paul Reed Smith will play there Friday, Sept. 19.

Frisco RoughRiders

The Frisco RoughRiders‘ baseball season came to end with a hard-fought loss to the Midland RockHounds.

Sci-Tech will have football starting Sept. 12 in Frisco. … Greg Abbott has football friendly shirts ready for Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and more fans.

Shopping: The cardigans are in at Cotton Hearts on the McKinney downtown square. Pick from berry, grey, mocha, black and brown.

Spa: Book two or more services per person at Cooper Spa McKinney at Craig Ranch and you will receive a guest pass to the fitness center in McKinney.

Successful start: The Junior League of Collin County kicked off the fall with its mentoring program.

Bowling: Allen Bowl reports they have several leagues in need of individual bowlers to fill teams. Call 972-727-9108.

Dinosaurs Live! will be returning to the Heard Natural Science Museum and Nature Sanctuary.

Hockey: The 2014-15 Allen Americans are offering a deal for groups of 15-plus, which could receive discounted tickets and can add unique group experiences that make for a night to remember. As an added bonus, book your group by Sept. 19 and you’ll receive free tickets to our Opening Night game vs Tulsa.

Top Golf Allen will be giving away a new Blu-ray DVD player, Bacardi golf bags, Topgolf swag, Callaway golf equipment and a grill. Sign up for Top Golf’s last tournament of the season, the TGC Challenge, on Sunday Sept. 21st at 10 a.m. Registration $40 per person at http://www.topgolf.com/tgc

Jobs: Bonnie Ruth’s Bistro at Watters Creek is hiring staff members in Allen. If you are hungry, ask for Bonnie Ruth’s oven-roasted take-out special on Tuesday. … Fireball Run is looking for a Production Assistant in Frisco. Fireball Run wants someone such as a student with some ENG experience. Candidate will travel with the production beginning Sept 25th in Frisco and finishing Oct. 5 in Independence, Mo. All travel, accommodations and meal expenses paid. Applicants should submit resume and link to demo reel via email to FBRjobs@gmail.com

Movies: Scarface will be playing at Cinemark Frisco Square during the Classic Series at 2 p.m. Sunday. 


Music: Tickets are on sale for October’s Courtyard Texas Music Series show featuring Zane Williams at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Courtyard Theater in Plano. Visit http://bit.ly/1CxSZK6. … Because of the threat of inclement weather, the concert in Allen on Saturday by the Rob Holbert Band has been canceled. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date. Watters Creek is always a fun place for a Saturday evening stroll.

Politics: Ken and Angela Paxton wrote a piece entitled “A Family for Educational Choice” for RedState.com http://www.redstate.com/diary/ameliahamilton/2014/09/02/ken-angela-paxton-family-educational-choice/?preview=true

Rain: Pete Delkus predicts rain today.

Balloons: The Celina Balloon Fest is next weekend. Look for balloons to lift off Sept. 12-14 at Old Celina Park, 12670 Farm-to-Market Road 428. http://www.celinaballoonfestival.com/ … Then, the Plano Balloon Festival will be Sept. 19-21 at Oak Point Park at 2801 East Spring Creek Parkway. http://www.planoballoonfest.org/

Quote:I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. ” — Walt Disney

Elected mayor, digital mayor of Frisco find common ground over coffee

By Brian Bearden

Looking for a way to plug-into what’s happening in her city, Sarah Boswell pulled out her phone. Turning to Twitter and the Internet, she quickly found fountains of facts on Frisco, Texas.

It was an overwhelming case of TMI: Too much information. She found local elections, city council and school board agendas, city news and more but is was “all over the place.”

Boswell went back to Twitter and Foursquare, focused on Frisco and found a flood of Tweets from the mayor of Frisco by Maher Maso (@MaherMaso).

“Twitter really cuts down on the barriers between us and elected officials,” said Boswell, self-proclaimed digital mayor of Frisco on Twitter. “With this one little point of entry, I was able to talk directly with many people in Frisco including the mayor. I found out that real mayor of Frisco was tech-savvy like I was.”


She Tweeted to Frisco Mayor Maso that it was customary for the real mayor of a city to take the digital mayor to lunch. Maso replied with an invitation to coffee.
“I said something snarky about being the digital mayor, and he answered me,” Boswell said. “I had so many questions about Frisco, and I learned a lot from Maher Maso.”
As “digital mayor” of Frisco, Boswell wants to be a source on Frisco. She is one of the founders of Technically Mayor (@Techmayor on Twitter).
“Breaking news happens now on Twitter first,” Boswell said. “When Osama Bin Laden was killed, I had all the news right there on Twitter. It was another three hours before it made the news.
“User behavior has shifted toward becoming more informed by the Internet,” she said. “With Twitter and Facebook, it is a doable thing.”

Boswell told the Lincoln Society of Collin County at the group’s monthly gathering at Mimi’s Cafe in Allen that it doesn’t take long to learn how to use social media.
“I built my Twitter following from zero to 1,400,” said Boswell, vice president of business development for WrightIMC, a search engine optimization and social media marketing and reputation management firm based in Plano, Texas. “Once you get comfortable with it, you can get a lot out of social media.
“I started slow, just watching what others did,” she said. “Find someone you want to follow and follow them. Then you can begin to follow the people they follow. It is all visible on the Web.”

Boswell said her pet peeve on Twitter is people who use fake usernames.
“I am so anti-fluffybunny42,” Boswell said, laughing. “Just use your real name.
“I have heard people say that Facebook is where you can lie to your friends, and Twitter is where you tell the absolute truth to the people you don’t know.”

She enjoys the brevity imposed by Twitter.
“Huge long-winded rants don’t happen on Twitter,” Boswell said. “On social media you can add followers by avoiding selling all the time. That turns people off. Instead, comment on a movie. Talk about what’s happening now. You can have fun and be snarky on Twitter. I love being a little snarky.”

She suggests that Twitter and Facebook let personalities come out.

“They can see that you are chatting about a movie, and say wow, that’s the mayor talking about the movie I just saw. You can talk about music. They will see that and say, I like that song, too. Twitter makes it possible for you to have small conversations with them. It brings us closer to our elected officials.”

The Lincoln Society meeting included numerous local candidates for various offices.

“I think my story is really, really typical,” Boswell said. “I had lived in Frisco for years and never voted or been involved in the city. I had never been to a city council meeting. I’m not part of those who already know what’s happening and vote in every election because they are tuned in. … I have never received an invitation to a candidate’s kickoff party. I wanted to be more involved, and I wanted to say good things about my city. There is a big rivalry between people inside [Interstate] 635 and the people in the suburbs. I love Frisco. I want other people to love where I live.”

Boswell can be followed at twitter.com/sarahboswell and on Foursquare at foursquare.com/sarahboswell.

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